Friday, July 13, 2018

2016 Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz to serve as volunteer assistant coach at Washington...

SEATTLE—A few hours after finishing tenth in the men’s 1500 at the Meeting Mohammed VI IAAF Diamond League stop in Rabat, Morocco, where he ran a 2018 season best 3:35.17, Washington track & field director Maurica Powell and head track & field coach Andy Powell announced the addition of 2016 Rio Olympic 1500 meter gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz (left/photo by Paul Merca)  as a volunteer coach for the Huskies.

Centrowitz ran for Andy Powell at the University of Oregon, and established himself as a future star at Oregon, where he won three Pac-12 titles and the 2011 NCAA 1,500-meter title.

Besides reuniting with the Powell’s, he joins his close friend and roommate at Oregon, Chris Kwiatkowski, who was named an assistant coach by the Powells on Thursday.

"I'm very excited to be reunited with the Powells, who helped guide me through my collegiate career and beyond," said Centrowitz. "I'm also grateful to continue having Chris Kwiatkowski in my corner. These relationships have been key to my success."

Said Kwiatkowski, "Matthew's presence alone will be incredibly impactful for our program. At all levels, his achievements have reached the pinnacle of our sport. He will be such an amazing role model for our team; an example of what it takes to be a true champion both on and off the track."

Centrowitz will continue his professional running career as a member of the Nike Oregon Project.

The University of Washington release is available here.

Meanwhile, University of Washington redshirt freshman Elijah Mason competes Saturday morning (11:30 pm Friday night) in the qualifying round of the discus at the IAAF World Under-20 Track & Field Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Also competing early Saturday morning is Curtis HS graduate and incoming University of Oregon freshman Lexi Ellis in the women’s triple jump qualifying round.

Should both Mason and Ellis get through qualifying (top 12 overall), they would advance to the finals on Sunday.

The time schedule for the IAAF World Under-20 championships as well as the link to live results is available here.

In London, Pullman’s Katie Nageotte, former Renton resident Devon Allen, and Vancouver native Kara Winger compete for Team USA on the first day of the two-day Athletics World Cup at London Stadium Saturday.

Nageotte gets the meet started at 6:45 pm (10:45 am Seattle time) in the women’s pole vault, while Allen runs the 110 hurdles at 8:37 local time (12:37 pm in Seattle).

Winger throws the javelin at 9:15 pm local time (1:15 pm in Seattle).

In this spectator friendly and made-for-television meet, eight countries—the United States, Poland, Jamaica, South Africa, China, Germany, France, and host Great Britain each have one entry in each of the standard running events to 1500 meters, plus all field events and the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays.

On Sunday, Washington alum Izaic Yorks of the Brooks Beasts, who was second at the USATF outdoor championships to Centrowitz, will represent Team USA in the men’s 1500.

$2 million in prize money will be at stake in this meet.

The meet will be streamed as part of the NBC Sports Gold ($) package starting at 11am Pacific.

The meet timetable is available here.

NOTE:  The University of Washington, the IAAF, and British Athletics contributed to this report.

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